I am informed from Kenya of the following events. I cannot vouch
for the accuracy of this information, and would welcome comments,
corrections, or clarifications from the Kenyan community.
1. Beginning last week, the regulatory body has been sending
letters to the local service providers to ask them to pay for their
provisional licence fee:
-- licence fee for five year, payable immediately, Kshs. 500,000,
-- operating fee for one year, at 1% of the gross turnover, or,
as an interim measure, at Kshs.250,000.
The operating fee is to be paid from the period at which the local
provider started operations. Some started as long as five years ago.
2. Service providers are to give to the commission the list of users
and their addresses.
3. Service providers may not provide telephony services.
4. Parliament is after Easter to discuss the telecommunications
bill. It provides for the 'privatization' of KPTC as demanded by the
IMF before it will deposit the next tranche of Structural Adjustment
support. Advance rumors suggest that the proposed bill (not yet
obtained for reading) is giving the new TELCOM a monopoly on
international communications for the next three years minimum (the 3
years are to be counted from the time the shares are floated in the
Stock Exchange, which is stated as requiring extensive preparations).
VSAT is still not authorized in Kenya.
Jeff @ Washington, DC USA
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